How to Find a Loved One After They’ve Been Charged?

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What is an arrest warrant?

If you’ve never been arrested, placed in jail, or had a warrant for your arrest, you probably wouldn’t have any idea how to find somebody. It isn’t something that you want to know, and probably never thought you would need to know how to find arrest warrants either. But then, here you are one morning trying to maneuver around the legal maze of arrest warrants

In the United States, and an arrest warrant is required for law enforcement to arrest a person, or that person has given the officers probable cause to be arrested. For an arrest warrant to be valid, a judge or magistrate must issue it if they believe there is probable cause to validate the arrest warrant. 

An arrest warrant must identify the person specification that is to be arrested. If there is any question that the arrest warrant was valid or there was false information presented to the judge, the warranty becomes invalid.

There are minimum requirements created from the Fourth Amendment regarding the issuance of an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant is always needed if a crime was committed before a law enforcement agent; this can give them the required probable cause to justify an arrest. 

How long does it take for an inmate to show in the system?

In most states, it takes two hours to process an arrested person and another two hours for their information to show in the database.  Kansas, along with several other states, uses a system called VINE. This system allows victims of crime to find out custody status about an offender. They may also register with this system to be notified by email or phone when anything changes with the offender’s status. The toll-free number for VINE is (866) 574-8463 and is free for victims to keep informed about their offender’s custody, including the status of any new arrest warrant. 

How do you find out why someone is in jail?

In Kansas, the location of an inmate and their custody status can be found on the Kansas Adult Supervised Population Electronic Repository (KASPER), where information is updated Monday through Friday. This database contains information about current offenders, under post-incarceration supervision, and those discharged.  

Through the KASPER database system, you can find:

  • Inmate name and their KDOC Registration Number.
  • Their physical description including DOB, height, weight, hair color, eye color, any anybody markings.
  • Description of their conviction, crime committed, what county and the case number, records, and arrest warrants.
  • Possible release date and current inmate housing location, including all movements and parole office. 
  • Level of custody or supervision.
  • Disciplinary record with violations offender was found guilty.

Are incarceration records public?

 Kansas criminal history is available to the general public and anyone with entitlements and specific rights. The Central Repository at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation maintains arrest records and dispositions for criminal activity in the state based on information received from contributing police department and sheriff’s offices, prosecutors, and courts throughout Kansas. 

The criminal history information includes felony and misdemeanor arrests, court dispositions, prosecution data, incarceration information of state-operated confinement facilities. These criminal history records are organized by individual identity, and under each individual with multiple documents, the offenses are in chronological order and based on fingerprint identification.

How do I find incarceration records?

Services provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation can be found on this website. They are using either the offender’s name or fingerprints. 

To search by name, you’ll need the offender’s first and last name, and date of birth. Other information to help the system would be a middle name, alias names, the offender’s social security number, height, weight, race, and place of birth. Last known residence and occupation or place of employment are helpful things as well.

The preferred method to search the Central Repository is fingerprint identification because they are taken at the time of arrest and then submitted to the arresting agency. This search is almost 100% accurate. 

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How can I check if I have a felony?

Type your full name in a search engine using quotation marks before and after the title.  Start with Google, try Bing and any other search engine you have on your computer. 

  • Type your current and past addresses in a search engine. With Google, use a standard search and the news search. 
  • Search Facebook for your past addresses.
  • Do a whitepages.com search of all your phone numbers. 
  • Some companies do background searches for a fee. 

Nobody should have to know how to do an arrest warrant search, but if you find yourself in a position, the following information will help. 

  • Do a Google search by full name
  • Call the city, county, precinct, or state that you suspect may have an arrest warrant for this person
  • Go to the arresting agency in person
  • Pay a bail bond agent or attorney to inquire for an arrest warrant

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